Lochner flies to first World Cup victory in St Moritz

Lochner flies to first World Cup victory in St Moritz
By Sportsbeat

21/01/2017 at 16:07Updated

Germany's Johannes Lochner secured his first ever World Cup win with victory in the two-man bobsleigh in St. Moritz on Saturday.

Junior World champion Lochner, who picked up a silver medal at the 2015 World Championships, clocked a total time of 2:10.63 minutes alongside brakeman Christian Rasp to take the win, having held the lead at the end of the first run.

They beat fellow countrymen Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp into second, 0.28 seconds back, despite the latter pair having the fastest time down the second run.

The third place on the podium was taken by Americans Steven Holcomb and Carlo Valdes, who finished 0.67 seconds behind the winners having come back from seventh after the first run.

The 2015 World Cup champion Oskars Melbardis of Latvia finished sixth in St. Moritz - his best result of the current season.

After finishing ninth on Saturday, Yunjong Won just held onto his lead in the overall World Cup standings on 896 points, 11 points ahead of Friedrich. Holcomb occupies third place on 865 with three World Cup races remaining.

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